What’s new this Independence Day?


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By Prashant Bharadwaj (LMB)

This year, 15th August will be celebrated as the 70th Independence Day.

This year’s event is not going to be a customary one day event Instead , the PM of India will launch a programme by the name of ’70 Saal Azadi — Zara Yaad Karo Qurbani (70 years of Independence — Let’s recall the sacrifices)’ on August 9, and will go through to August 23rd.

As a part of the campaign, cultural programmes on the biographies of our national heroes and stories of the freedom struggle will be organized all over the country at Iconic places such as the Jallianwala Bagh, Chaurai Chora, Cellular Jail, Sabarmati Ashram , Dandi etc.

In Delhi, the celebration of India’s independence will involve a six-day long ‘Bharat Parv’ at Rajpath near India Gate.

Bharat Parv, an event which is to span from the 12th to the 17th will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister at 5 P.M on 12 August. A musical extravaganza will be presented by the Armed forces. Also, the iconic India Gate will be illuminated with the Tri-colors all through the festive period.

The main purpose of Bharat Parv is to display vast cultural diversity of India. In this period, there will be stalls laying out cuisine of various regions of the country, and many more stalls exhibiting colorful handicraft and handloom items.

In addition to Bharat Parv, ‘Tiranga Yatras’ will be taken out across the country from the 15th to 22nd August. The main purpose of both programs is to include all states in the celebration and ensure it’s a people’s festival that will instill patriotism and pride for the nation.

If everything goes to plan, this could be a memorable Independence Day, provided India shows the enthusiasm and comes out in large numbers as a dedication to this beautiful nation